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Can liver cancer patients get a transplant?

Guy at work was diagnosed with liver cancer.  Docs give him a year at most.  They said he was not a candidate for transplant.

But I've seen a few members here who have had liver cancer and got a transplant.  Are there some hospitals that will transplant those with cancer and some that won't?

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  • it is possible to have liver tx in uk.i know 2 people personaly one being my sister.they said as loncg as it wasnt more than 30mm could be done and both liver tx were successfull.1 of them my sister is 3yrs post tx and a guy i know is 6yrs .apart from the ups and downs of post tx problems they are living a decent life

  • Hi, where I had my transplant done ( Queen Elizabeth hospital, Birmingham UK ) they will do a transplant but that depends on the size.

  • Here is Europe it is not possible..........No person with any cancer can get any transplant and the main reason is that some medication will support the growth of the cancer cells. There is a strict list of requirements which a transplant patient must meet before an transplant or an organ can take place. You go on a listing before a transplant takes place.

  • Yes, if you don't have more than two tumors and if the largest is 5 centimeters or less is the rules I was told. I had a couple burned off before they got that size.

  • Steve, I had liver cancer, too, brought on by hep C.  It was caught by regular MRI's and was followed from before it was large enough to biopsy.  At first, it didn't grow, but when it grew to a size larger enough to biopsy, it was. There was also another tumor in the scan.   I think the size was 1 cm, but have forgotten.  I would not have been eligible if the tumor(s) had exceeded 10 cm.  THERE WERE NO SYMPTOMS.  There were none for the Hep C, either.  I immediately began the workup.  When  I went on the list, my MELD score was 32.  Five days later, I was transplanted.  When Sovaldi became available in '14, I received it and was clear within 4 weeks.  (I continued treatment for the full 12 weeks, however.)  I have been blessed!  What Pam says is absolutely right on. No more than two tumors  would have been allowed.   I wish I could be more encouraging.  My doctor, considered one of the best in the nation, was Paul Kwo at Indiana University Hospital.  

  • It depends. The rules are very strict when it comes to liver cancer. You can only have up to two tumors and they have to be under a particular size. I can't remember what the size is though. Was he diagnosed with primary liver cancer? There are a few very good liver cancer specialist in the country. One is at UPMC in Pittsburgh.
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